Tours & Attractions
Free Tours In NYC
by Alyssa Grossman, 07/24/2012 [Updated 02/18/2015]
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Central Park Conservancy
Central Park has 80 acres of woodland, 250 acres of lawns and 150 acres of water; trying to see it all without an expert tour guide can be overwhelming. The Central Park Conservancy's long lineup of free tours aims to cover it all (note: the organization also offers a series of ticketed tours focusing on things like "iconic views" and Belvedere Castle). See the most famous attractions, such as Bethesda Terrace and Fountain and Conservatory Water, on the Heart of the Park tour; visit somewhat lesser-known sights like the Harlem Meer on the Northern Welcome tour; or check out European-style plantings during walks around the nearly 80-year-old Conservatory Garden. Offerings change seasonally.